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COVID-19 Updates

The Madison Public Library’s building will remain open amid Lake County moving to Level 3-Red on the State’s Public Health Advisory system. The library has been taking safety precautions since our reopening back on June 15, 2020. We want to be sure our patrons have access to materials and information during the public health emergency, but we want our staff and patrons to remain safe, so we are taking as many precautions as we can during this crisis.

MPL has been operating under limited hours during our reopening.

Our current hours are:

  • Monday-Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. (at-risk individuals 10-11 a.m.)
  • Tuesday & Thursday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. (at-risk individuals 12-1 p.m.)

For those who wish to take extra precautions during the Covid-19 pandemic we still offer our library valet service. You can call ahead during open hours or fill in an online form at: http://apps.madison-library.info/valet.cfm to order materials. You can then pick up your items through our convenient and safe drive-thru window. Home delivery service is another way for at risk patrons to borrow library materials. Please call the library at (440) 428-2189 for more information.

The Bookmobile is also offering safe and convenient services around the community at various locations.

Remember we offer our online and digital services 24/7. Go to our website at: https://www.madison-library.info/eservices/ to check out our eServices.

In order to maintain the safety of our staff and our patrons we will be making some modifications to the way we provide services. Those modifications include:

  • Patrons returning library materials must use the book drops across from the circulation desk to immediately quarantine returned materials.
  • Returned materials will go through a 72 hours quarantine period before being checked in by staff and returned to shelves. Fines will be waived during the quarantine time.
  • A staff member will greet patrons and ask them to use hand sanitizer upon entering the library.
  • The library requires that patrons wear a face covering and will have disposable paper masks available if you need one.
  • If there is a reason you cannot wear a face covering, we offer other accommodations for our patrons outside the building.
  • The library asks that if you are sick or have a fever over 100.4 degrees that you please stay home or use the Library Valet service.
  • Maximum 40 patrons at a time in the library.
  • Minimum 6 feet social distancing.
  • The library asks patrons to come and go quickly with no loitering and minimal browsing. NO ALL-DAY STAYS!
  • Book aisles limited to one (1) person per aisle at any time.
  • Patrons under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Computer usage will be limited to 1 hour per day unless a patron has extenuating circumstances such as education, governmental, or occupational needs.
  • Computers will be cleaned & disinfected throughout the day.
  • Every other computer will be shut down to main social distancing.
  • To maintain social distancing and safety for all, staff cannot assist patrons on computers or help them with printing/copying services. If you are not tech savvy, please bring someone with you that can help. The library will provide informational signs and flyers to assist with common problems that a patron may have while using a computer.
  • Seating and tables will not be available for patrons.
  • All upcoming programs will be online to maintain social distancing.
  • To avoid mass gatherings, there will be no in person programs at this time.
  • Public meeting rooms are unavailable for reservations at this time.
  • All toys in the children’s area have been removed.
  • No donations for book sales will be taken at this time.
  • Faxing will be done by staff.
  • Notary and Passport services are available by appointment only.
  • Self-checkout is strongly encouraged and the stations will be cleaned throughout the day.

As the situation continues to change, the library will monitor the information and guidelines as they are released by the Governor and the Ohio Department of Health and adjust services as necessary.

Dee Culbertson, Director

Madison Public Library


Have a Question?

In addition to Library Valet service and curbside hours, our staff will be available to answer library questions (which includes placing holds for you and getting help with your devices). Remember if you need to renew your card or forgot your number, give us a call.  If you have fines, give us a call or use the CLEVNET app. You can always contact us to update your CLEVNET notifications to text or email as well. If you do not have a library card, no problem. Give us a call or visit our website, and by providing us with some simple information we can have a card ready for you in no time.

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